John Williams' score to the 1989 adventure Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade wraps the blockbuster series on a suitably rousing note. While adhering to the action-meets-suspense-meets-comedy formula outlined via the previous films, Williams never succumbs to repetition or mere recycling, instead investing his themes with a rapturous joy that's undeniably infectious. From the mischievous "Indy's Very First Adventure" to the menacing "Brother of the Cruciform Sword," Williams' melodies operate in broad, vivid strokes, forgoing nuance in favor of larger than life thrills and chills. There's no denying Williams does this sort of thing better than anyone else, however, and for all its seeming simplicity, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade makes for genuinely exciting listening.
AllMusic Review by Jason Ankeny